An all time classic. Game 7 ended about 8 hours ago. In a stroke of genius, or terrible parenting, I woke up my kids (ages 3 and 5) to tell them – on the off chance they’ll remember the night back in 2016 the Cubs won the World Series. I’ve been a Cubs fan since I was a little boy watching Ryno Sandberg on WGN in South Dakota. They were always my second favorite team behind the Twins until my best buddy moved out to Chicago for college and we caught our first game at Wrigley.
Digital Mentoring is in its infancy. If you’re reading this article you’re one of about 400 people nationwide who have jumped on board early in the process. There’s much to be done, but our work is just, and we’re already making a real difference. Here are 5 things you can do right now to grow the impact of Digital Mentoring. Continue reading 5 Things You Can Do to Grow Digital Mentoring→
We all love animals. But some of us live in the real world, where each disaster gets cleaned up after the internet outrage tornado blows through. Those of us who use our dollars, our backs, and our brains to conserve wild animals and wild places know this story well. For those who have never purchased a hunting or fishing license and took the liberty to bash hunting, this video is for you.
A Conservationist’s Cry is a video put together by people and organizations in African whose livelihood is tied to hunting – the livelihood that you, the anti-hunter, have decimated. And, if you don’t care about the people and only care about the animals, there’s a horrifying ending just for you.
If, after watching the video, you still don’t believe hunting plays a vital role in conservation, try this:
Ask your Grandpa how many deer there were in his area of the country when he was a kid. How many are there now?
Or, think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember the amount of geese living in your area that you see now?
Hunters and anglers do the real world work of conserving wild animals and wild places. If you want to join in our effort, all you need to do is purchase a hunting or fishing license. Think of it like a membership in the club of people getting things done for the animals and places we both love.
It’s been said you’re either a part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.
Do you love the outdoors? Are you willing to spend 2-3 minutes per week ensuring your way of life lives on into the next generation? If so, you’re the person we’re looking for to become our next Digital Mentor.
We get it. Mentoring can be tough. Life is busy; there are so many demands on your time.
But, why should you care about spending a couple minutes a week passing on our outdoor traditions? Why spend the time helping new people?
The math is clear. Each year that passes the average hunter ages nearly 10 months. Today the average license buyer is about 42 years old. By the age of 68, license purchases fall to nearly zero. At the present pace, we’re only one generation from participation in the outdoors reaching alarmingly low levels. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Digital Mentoring via the free Powderhook app, made possible through a partnership with Cabela’s and Pass it On – Outdoor mentors, is one way we can work together make the kind of change we need. Only you, the individual outdoorsman, have the ability to make it happen. No agency program, no event planned by an organization, and no ad campaign from a company can do what you can do with just a couple minutes a week.
If you don’t approve of hunting, for whatever reason, I want you to know I appreciate you taking a minute to read this letter. My intention is to offer a couple facts about hunting you may not know. I don’t expect to change your mind altogether, but I do hope to provide some information that may create a more informed conversation.
You’re right. Our civilization has changed such that many people no longer need to directly participate in the food chain. Cities of us can go to grocery stores for the food we once grew or killed for ourselves. So, why then does hunting still matter?
You’re right. All living things have value. Animal lives matter, and that’s all animals, not just the one whose hair is stuck to your shirt right now. If that’s true, how can someone argue killing an animal is not only justified but important?
“We have to do this,” Blaine Cooper told me in a rush. “The BLM lit a fire to burn this ranch down because they want the uranium that’s under it! The left blew up buildings, killed people, enslaved people to make this wildlife refuge!”
Cooper was sitting behind the wheel of a white pickup, heater blasting, and talking to me through the open window. It was the middle of last January, maybe 12 degrees above, here at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, with day just breaking over a universe of frost-whitened sagebrush and 6 inches of old snow.
The more time I spend as a parent the more I realize how much I appreciate my father. Beyond the values of hard work and caring for others that he instilled in me, what I appreciate most is my love of the outdoors that comes from my time spent in a boat with dad. Recent articles and other discussions here on IDO have talked about the topic of less youth getting into fishing these days and my biggest hope is that I am able to do as good a job of passing my passion on to my son as my dad did for me.
The old shed next to our barn was a no-frills zone built only of studs and clapboard. Its purpose was simple: to keep tools and equipment dry. There was no insulation, so it wasn’t a focal point for the men in either the summer or winter. Except for rainy days, the top section of the Dutch door remained open for much of the year, and the shed attracted a mix of field mice, barn cats, and knock-around boys. I was one of them.
There was the sweet smell, a mixture of hay and oats. Oil and kerosene were stored outside, and a gust of wind would blend it all together into one fine bouquet. As a kid trying to figure out the world, I’d grab a bottle of soda and spend hours just checking out what kind of things were in there and puttering around. My time in the shed was never wasted. Continue reading Setters and Pointers in Advertising→
In recent years regulated hunting has become a scapegoat for so-called conservation organizations.
These groups often claim that hunting is not an effective means of preservation and seek to paint sport hunters as villains when wildlife populations decline.
And while it is true that wildlife faces increased threats around the world—primarily a result of habitat loss in the wake of burgeoning human populations, unsustainable agricultural, mining practices and a growing black market for the trade of animal parts—regulated hunting has proven to be an effective means of protecting wildlife and, most importantly, the habitat they require to survive. Continue reading 6 Examples Where Hunting Helped Preserve Wildlife→
This video isn’t about basketball. It’s about understanding and valuing our rights as Americans – freedoms paid for with the blood of men and women. Hunters, anglers, shooters and all Americans must never forget the sacrifice that gives us the ability to enjoy a day outdoors. Please share this message far and wide.